October 09, 2019
"Do the right thing.
That was the message delivered Wednesday to Texas lawmakers from a number of North Texans who asked the Texas House Redistricting Committee — which held a legislative hearing Wednesday in Fort Worth — to stop dividing local communities of interest, primarily Hispanic and African-American populations."
By Olivia Lueckemeyer Community Impact Dallas Fort Worth Metro
October 9, 2019
“It is critically important that as many members of the public as possible provide the committee with descriptions of how legislative and congressional district lines have had an impact on their communities, and how it has affected their ability to influence their state and congressional representatives under the current boundaries,” the Fair Maps Texas statement read.
OCTOBER 08, 2019
“The purpose of the hearings is to have citizens give input about the redistricting process and their communities,” according to a statement from Fair Maps Texas, a nonpartisan group trying to improve the redistricting process.
SEP 12, 2019
"What are the main concerns when it comes to redistricting? What's at stake for Texas voters? Can lawmakers be trusted to draw good-faith maps that accurately reflect the state’s fast-growing racial minority populations?"
By JJ Velasquez The Rivard Report
SEPTEMBER 12, 2019
“We will not allow our black and Hispanic brothers and sisters to be disenfranchised forever and ever,” said Sister Gabriella Lohan, a Catholic nun representing the Sisters of the Holy Spirit. Lohan’s comments echoed a chorus of testimony that promised lawmakers would be held to account to ensure the 2021 maps would be drawn fairly.“
By Karina Kling Spectrum News Austin
PUBLISHED 7:37 PM CT Sep. 10, 2019
Click the video link above to watch our interview with Joaquin Gonzalez, a staff attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project whose organization is part of a coalition of voting rights groups focused on redistricting, known as Fair Maps Texas.
By Chuck Lindell Austin American Statesman
Posted Sep 10, 2019 at 6:43 PMUpdated Sep 10, 2019 at 6:59 PM
"Many Austin-area residents who testified before the House Redistricting Committee condemned the map, drawn after the 2010 census, that broke the strongly Democratic county into five far-flung congressional districts, four of which are represented by Republicans.
The result, several said, has been artificially split communities, diluted political clout, created apathy in voters and focused representatives on other parts of the state, not Austin."
SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 08:22 PM, UPDATED SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 08:22 PM
"Stephanie Swanson, who spoke on behalf of the League of Women Voters of Texas and its Austin chapter, called for incumbents to refrain from drawing their own districts. Swanson also asked that lawmakers’ communication related to the process be preserved and that a report be issued explaining how maps were drawn.
By ASHLEY LOPEZ, KUT • SEP 10, 2019
“A coalition of voting rights groups focused on redistricting, known as Fair Maps Texas, said in a statement they want 2021 to be different.
“Not only do we want to prevent the same mistakes from happening again,” the groups said, “but we also want public input at these hearings to be taken seriously.””